It's no secret that I love lemon-poppyseed anything. It's just one of those trusty, go-to, the probability of this being bad is slim to none combinations. I have also been tidying up my dietary habits by eating cleaner. So when I stumbled upon this recipe, I knew it was time to break out the apron. 

Now I am by no means the savviest or adept chef, but I can navigate my way around a kitchen...most of the time. This being my first time making scones instead of just eating them, I am pleasantly surprised at this culinary success. 

Ingredients
1 1/2  cups whole wheat (or GF) flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
4 tsp poppyseeds 
A pinch of salt 
1 tbsp lemon zest 
2 tbsp butter, cold
1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
3 tbsp agave nectar (or honey)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp soy milk (or milk of choice)


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425° and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, poppyseeds, and lemon zest in a medium mixing bowl.


3. Slice butter into thin pads and cut into the flour mixture (using a pastry cutter and/or knife) until the mixture is crumbly.

4. Stir in Greek yogurt, agave, lemon juice and vanilla.


5. Roll dough into a ball and flatten into a 1 inch tall circle. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 8 slices.

6. Gently separate and distribute each slice evenly on baking sheet and brush tops with milk.


7. Bake at 425° for 16-19 minutes or until the tops begin to turn golden brown.

8. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


VERDICT:
For it being my first time making scones I would call this a delicious culinary success. Now I don't have much prior scone eating experience to compare this to, so this may not be the most accurate review. I do believe I baked them too long but other than that I would say that everything went well. The batch was gone within 4 days and I only got 2 so I think they were a hit with my family. I added some powdered sugar to the top just to make them a bit sweeter to satisfy the rest of my family's enormous sweet tooth. I thought they were good either way.

 I'm sure you all are much more cultured when it comes to scones so if you decide to give this recipe a try, let me know how it turns out! All the love.







(Healthy + Delicious) Lemon Poppyseed Scones


It's no secret that I love lemon-poppyseed anything. It's just one of those trusty, go-to, the probability of this being bad is slim to none combinations. I have also been tidying up my dietary habits by eating cleaner. So when I stumbled upon this recipe, I knew it was time to break out the apron. 

Now I am by no means the savviest or adept chef, but I can navigate my way around a kitchen...most of the time. This being my first time making scones instead of just eating them, I am pleasantly surprised at this culinary success. 

Ingredients
1 1/2  cups whole wheat (or GF) flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
4 tsp poppyseeds 
A pinch of salt 
1 tbsp lemon zest 
2 tbsp butter, cold
1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
3 tbsp agave nectar (or honey)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp soy milk (or milk of choice)


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425° and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, poppyseeds, and lemon zest in a medium mixing bowl.


3. Slice butter into thin pads and cut into the flour mixture (using a pastry cutter and/or knife) until the mixture is crumbly.

4. Stir in Greek yogurt, agave, lemon juice and vanilla.


5. Roll dough into a ball and flatten into a 1 inch tall circle. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 8 slices.

6. Gently separate and distribute each slice evenly on baking sheet and brush tops with milk.


7. Bake at 425° for 16-19 minutes or until the tops begin to turn golden brown.

8. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


VERDICT:
For it being my first time making scones I would call this a delicious culinary success. Now I don't have much prior scone eating experience to compare this to, so this may not be the most accurate review. I do believe I baked them too long but other than that I would say that everything went well. The batch was gone within 4 days and I only got 2 so I think they were a hit with my family. I added some powdered sugar to the top just to make them a bit sweeter to satisfy the rest of my family's enormous sweet tooth. I thought they were good either way.

 I'm sure you all are much more cultured when it comes to scones so if you decide to give this recipe a try, let me know how it turns out! All the love.







Well everyone, yesterday was my first day back to school. Ah, senior year. The beginning of the end. Kind of a bittersweet moment for me and totally heart wrenching for my family. I decided to go for something pretty casual and relaxed but warm because despite these pictures it was cold and it rained all morning. (Please excuse the pictures, I had to act as my own photographer and the sun wasn't helping.)


Outfit Details
Cardigan: H&M
Boyfriend jeans: H&M
Sandals: American Eagle
Necklace: Forever 21
 Backpack: Topshop

Now for a quick little off topic PSA: I just wanted to let you guys know that now that everything's settled down and I'm getting back into a routine, I'm going to try to focus on blogging more. School comes first  of course but I will try not to leave you guys hanging for months at a time. That includes more outfit, beauty, and life posts, etc.

Anyway, I hope you all had wonderful first days back to hell and that you are successful in all your academic adventures. Now I'm off to fill out some more college applications. 

All the love.



THE BEGINNING OF THE END // OOTD

Well everyone, yesterday was my first day back to school. Ah, senior year. The beginning of the end. Kind of a bittersweet moment for me and totally heart wrenching for my family. I decided to go for something pretty casual and relaxed but warm because despite these pictures it was cold and it rained all morning. (Please excuse the pictures, I had to act as my own photographer and the sun wasn't helping.)


Outfit Details
Cardigan: H&M
Boyfriend jeans: H&M
Sandals: American Eagle
Necklace: Forever 21
 Backpack: Topshop

Now for a quick little off topic PSA: I just wanted to let you guys know that now that everything's settled down and I'm getting back into a routine, I'm going to try to focus on blogging more. School comes first  of course but I will try not to leave you guys hanging for months at a time. That includes more outfit, beauty, and life posts, etc.

Anyway, I hope you all had wonderful first days back to hell and that you are successful in all your academic adventures. Now I'm off to fill out some more college applications. 

All the love.



Inspiration plays a very big part in everything in life. Without inspiration there would be no motivation. That is something I have just now started to realize. Everyone needs a source of inspiration so I thought I'd share with you mine for the upcoming autumn/winter seasons.


Stay inspired. Stay gold. All the love.







*PICTURES VIA TUMBLR // COLLAGES VIA ME*

MUSINGS // AUTUMN INSPIRATION

Inspiration plays a very big part in everything in life. Without inspiration there would be no motivation. That is something I have just now started to realize. Everyone needs a source of inspiration so I thought I'd share with you mine for the upcoming autumn/winter seasons.


Stay inspired. Stay gold. All the love.







*PICTURES VIA TUMBLR // COLLAGES VIA ME*

Autumn is swiftly approaching and accompanying it is the onset of a whole new set of trends. I’m not typically one to comply to the entirety of current trends for a variety of different reasons. But it typically boils down to the fact that they’re either inaccessible or they aren’t my style. But this upcoming season is a completely different story. So before I get into one of my rambley states, here are some of my favorite trends for the upcoming season.



DUSTER COATS
You may have seen a duster or two last year on a few trend setting individuals, but this year duster coats made their official appearance in many shows. Some of my favorites from the AW15 RTW runway came from Maison Margiela, The Row, and Calvin Klein. 

Shop below:



FUR/SHEARLING
If you thought fur was a big trend last year, then you haven’t see this years’ runways. Fur was a material in almost every collection (that I saw). So break out your fur gilets and congratulate yourself yourself because you, my friend, are a trendsetter. From full on fur jackets to accents of fur, brands like Tibi, Rodarte, and Jason Wu had some amazing pieces that I will for sure be using for inspiration. But lets keep it faux people.

Shop below:


INTERIOR PRINT/PATCHWORK
Channel your inner Harry Styles this autumn with patchwork, oriental, interior, and aztec prints. The type of prints and patterns that you would find while sifting through old furniture in a vintage shop were very popular on the AW15 runway this year. Erdem, Isabel Marant, and Tom Ford killed these trends so hard that it almost makes me want to rip up some of my old clothes (and maybe some old couches?) and get to sewing. 

Shop below:


PATENT LEATHER
Patent leather is part of the ever trendy throwback flair that designers have been incorporating into their design for years. This year designers like Maison Margiela and Rodarte did it in a very sleek and modern way that doesn’t make it seem quite as ‘out there’ as it seemed to be back in the day. 

Shop below:


RIBBED KNIT
Now this is one of those trends that has already engulfed my wardrobe. I absolutely love ribbed knits. Not quite sure why, but I do. Some of my favorite pieces from this trend came from Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, and Calvin Klein. Their designs make me want to go out and buy even more ribbed knit items. No such thing as too many knits right?

Shop below:


VELVET
Another blast from the past this upcoming season is the velvet trend. But that does NOT mean you get to start wearing your old velour track pants from ’03 #sorrynotsorry. Emilio Pucci, Tom Ford, and Alexander Wang (the bae) did an amazing job at bringing this old trend back but in a more modern and tasteful way.

Shop below:


SUITS
Pencil skirts aren’t the only option for a professional look anymore. Pant suits are a huge trend for the upcoming autumn season. And thanks to designers like Stella McCartney, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton, business style never looked so good. 

Shop below:


SILHOUETTE

As for silhouettes on the runway, I saw a lot of large/oversized silhouettes. Whether it be a chunky sweater, a large oversized jacket, or a long billowy dress. Leave the form fitting outfits for the warmer months and give yourself some room to layer up. 

Shop below:

So there you have it, my first official trend report! I am seriously looking forward to being able to wear trends and feel comfortable while doing it. You also won’t have to look very far to acquire these pieces because they already have a place in fast fashion and in many people’s wardrobes. But please remember that you should never follow trends just for the sake of fitting in. Consider trends more of an idea or inspiration, not requirements. Always wear whatever the hell you want to. Fuck trends, if you like it wear it, if you don’t then don’t. Never let what other people’s sense of fashion or what other people think is “in” dictate what you wear. With that reminder I bid you all adieu. And if you guys take anything away from this post, please make sure it’s what I said above. Until next time my lovelies.





*PICTURES VIA VOGUE.COM // COLLAGES VIA SARAHLAUTNER143.POLYVORE.COM*

AW15 // TREND REPORT

Autumn is swiftly approaching and accompanying it is the onset of a whole new set of trends. I’m not typically one to comply to the entirety of current trends for a variety of different reasons. But it typically boils down to the fact that they’re either inaccessible or they aren’t my style. But this upcoming season is a completely different story. So before I get into one of my rambley states, here are some of my favorite trends for the upcoming season.



DUSTER COATS
You may have seen a duster or two last year on a few trend setting individuals, but this year duster coats made their official appearance in many shows. Some of my favorites from the AW15 RTW runway came from Maison Margiela, The Row, and Calvin Klein. 

Shop below:



FUR/SHEARLING
If you thought fur was a big trend last year, then you haven’t see this years’ runways. Fur was a material in almost every collection (that I saw). So break out your fur gilets and congratulate yourself yourself because you, my friend, are a trendsetter. From full on fur jackets to accents of fur, brands like Tibi, Rodarte, and Jason Wu had some amazing pieces that I will for sure be using for inspiration. But lets keep it faux people.

Shop below:


INTERIOR PRINT/PATCHWORK
Channel your inner Harry Styles this autumn with patchwork, oriental, interior, and aztec prints. The type of prints and patterns that you would find while sifting through old furniture in a vintage shop were very popular on the AW15 runway this year. Erdem, Isabel Marant, and Tom Ford killed these trends so hard that it almost makes me want to rip up some of my old clothes (and maybe some old couches?) and get to sewing. 

Shop below:


PATENT LEATHER
Patent leather is part of the ever trendy throwback flair that designers have been incorporating into their design for years. This year designers like Maison Margiela and Rodarte did it in a very sleek and modern way that doesn’t make it seem quite as ‘out there’ as it seemed to be back in the day. 

Shop below:


RIBBED KNIT
Now this is one of those trends that has already engulfed my wardrobe. I absolutely love ribbed knits. Not quite sure why, but I do. Some of my favorite pieces from this trend came from Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, and Calvin Klein. Their designs make me want to go out and buy even more ribbed knit items. No such thing as too many knits right?

Shop below:


VELVET
Another blast from the past this upcoming season is the velvet trend. But that does NOT mean you get to start wearing your old velour track pants from ’03 #sorrynotsorry. Emilio Pucci, Tom Ford, and Alexander Wang (the bae) did an amazing job at bringing this old trend back but in a more modern and tasteful way.

Shop below:


SUITS
Pencil skirts aren’t the only option for a professional look anymore. Pant suits are a huge trend for the upcoming autumn season. And thanks to designers like Stella McCartney, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton, business style never looked so good. 

Shop below:


SILHOUETTE

As for silhouettes on the runway, I saw a lot of large/oversized silhouettes. Whether it be a chunky sweater, a large oversized jacket, or a long billowy dress. Leave the form fitting outfits for the warmer months and give yourself some room to layer up. 

Shop below:

So there you have it, my first official trend report! I am seriously looking forward to being able to wear trends and feel comfortable while doing it. You also won’t have to look very far to acquire these pieces because they already have a place in fast fashion and in many people’s wardrobes. But please remember that you should never follow trends just for the sake of fitting in. Consider trends more of an idea or inspiration, not requirements. Always wear whatever the hell you want to. Fuck trends, if you like it wear it, if you don’t then don’t. Never let what other people’s sense of fashion or what other people think is “in” dictate what you wear. With that reminder I bid you all adieu. And if you guys take anything away from this post, please make sure it’s what I said above. Until next time my lovelies.





*PICTURES VIA VOGUE.COM // COLLAGES VIA SARAHLAUTNER143.POLYVORE.COM*

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